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infantilize

[ in-fuhn-tl-ahyz, -tahy-lahyz, in-fan-tl-ahyz ]
/ 藞瑟n f蓹n tl藢a瑟z, -ta瑟藢la瑟z, 瑟n藞f忙n tl藢a瑟z /
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verb (used with object), in路fan路til路ized, in路fan路til路iz路ing.
to keep in or reduce to an infantile state.
to treat or regard as infantile or immature.
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Also especially British, in路fan路til路ise .

Origin of infantilize

1940鈥45; infantile + -ize, or by back formation from infantilization

OTHER WORDS FROM infantilize

in路fan路til路i路za路tion, noun
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